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No Charges over Swiss Political Ad

The Swiss People's Party will not face charges over an anti-gay advertisement because there is no law protecting homosexuals from insults, Geneva canton Attorney General Daniel Zappelli said Nov. 9.


The case involved posters against a voter referendum to grant inheritance rights to same-sex couples, whom the ad campaign called "infertile and well-off." The referendum passed.

Zappelli said existing law protects Swiss residents from offensive remarks based only on race, ethnicity and religion.

Gay groups said they will mobilize to add sexual orientation to the list.

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